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Re: Elephant ears

You most likely have Colocasia esculenta or maybe another Colocasia or possibly even an Alocasia. I wrote a culture sheet on it years ago but can't find it. What I did find in my notes is that Colocasia:

are tubers that produce corms
member of the Arum family
Tropical Asian native
details on how to grow
Details on storage:
Reduce watering when bulb begins rest period, signaled by yellowing leaves

Induce rest period if necessary by reducing water

End of season - cut foliage back after first frost and move to shelter

are stored in their containers at 70-75 degrees, kept barely moist

Other common names include: Dasheen, Taro, Cocoa Root, West Indian Kale, Cocoyam, Egyptian Ginger, Callaloo

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: "gardenchat list" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 5:16 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Elephant ears

I have no clue the 'real' name of some commonly called elephant ears
growing in the back yard. A place down the road sells them cheap in the
spring (bulb) and they do add a tropical look to my zone 5 areas.

I would like to save this years version as they are huge, healthy, and
worth it... There isn't any room for this size plant in my home or work
office, so ... how do you save the bulb? Do I dig up now and let sun
dry, wait till a frost, or???


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